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Sources: Barbosa open to Cavs

By Sam Amico

With more than $16 million in available salary-cap room, the Cavaliers have yet to make a splash. Or really, much of a move of any sort.

But two months still remain before training camp, and while the lingering free agents hardly qualify as game-changers, teams can still find help. Most of that is of the veteran variety – with names such as Derek Fisher, Michael Redd, Tracy McGrady and many others like them on the market.

Among those types: Leandro Barbosa, a 29-year old combo guard entering his 10th NBA season. Last year, he averaged 12.2 points in 66 combined games with Indiana and Toronto.

Still, Barbosa has drawn little interest in free agency, with no team having made a serious run at his services. Most haven’t even given him a second thought. So Barbosa knows that at this point, a short-term contract most likely awaits.

That could make him a nice find for a team like the Cavs, who wouldn’t mind finding some help in reserve – provided they’re able to preserve their assets and cap space.

And according to several sources close to Barbosa, he’d be more than willing to talk with the Cavs about a potential role. Those sources could not say, however, if the interest was mutual.

Right now, Barbosa is focusing on the Olympics and his role on the Brazilian national team, which also features Cavs forward Anderson Varejao.

Barbosa has spent the majority of his NBA career providing instant offense and energy off the bench as a backup at both guard positions. That’s something the Cavs could use, as their backcourt currently consists of reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, lottery pick Dion Waiters and veteran Daniel Gibson, and possibly Sloan and/or recently obtained Jeremy Pargo.

Cavs coach Byron Scott recently told NBA TV the team doesn’t have its eye on anyone specific in free agency.

“Maybe if we can find someone who’s the right fit,” Scott said. “If not, we’re excited to move forward with the young guys we have.”

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